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‘The View from the Train: Cities and Other Landscapes’ with Patrick Keiller
Wednesday 17th September, 7pm
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‘The Establishment and how they get away with it’ with Owen Jones
Thursday 25th September, 7pm
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THIS EVENT IS NOW AT FULL CAPACITY - UNFORTUNATELY IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD AN ACCEPTED RSVP EMAIL YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET IN.
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‘Music & Politics’ with John Hutnyk + guests tbc
Wednesday 8th October, 7pm
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PART OF ISLINGTON BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Defend the Right to Protest present ‘The Killing of Blair Peach, Anti-Racist Protest and Police Brutality’ with David Renton and Tony Warner
Wednesday 15th October, 7pm
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PRE-ANARCHSIT BOOKFAIR EVENT
PM Press present: ‘Working Class Culture’ with John Barker, Robb Johnson and Leon Rosselson
Friday 17th October, 7pm
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WAR RESISTERS’ INTERNATIONAL PRESENT
‘Nonviolent Campaigning’ with Jungmin Choi,  Andrew Dey, Cattis Laska, Hulya Ucpinar, Christine Schweitzer
Saturday 25th October, 6.30pm
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‘The New Radicals: the struggle against apartheid in 1970s South Africa’ with Glenn Moss
Monday 27th October, 7pm
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PART OF ISLINGTON BLACK HISTORY MONTH
‘Who was Henry Muoria?’ with Peter Muoria
Wednesday 29th October, 7pm
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We regularly have a variety of events in the shop, and are always welcome for suggestions from authors, artists and campaigners who want to use the shop for evening events. Past events include talks, book signings, film screenings, art exhibitions and musical performances.

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BOOK TALK
‘The View from the Train: Cities and Other Landscapes’
with Patrick Keiller
Wednesday 17th September, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


In his films, Patrick Keiller retraces the hidden story of the places where we live, the cities and landscapes of our everyday lives. Now, in the essay collection ‘The View from the Train’ (Verso, 2013), he offers a new perspective on how Britain works and sees itself.

In the book Keiller discusses the background to his work and its development - from surrealism to post-2008 economic catastrophe - and expands on what the films reveal. Referencing writers including Benjamin and Lefebvre, the essays follow his career since the late 1970s, exploring themes including the surrealist perception of the city; the relationship of architecture and film; how cities change over time, and how films represent this; as well as accounts of cross-country journeys involving historical figures, unexpected ideas and an urgent portrait of post-crash Britain.

Patrick Keiller is a film-maker whose works include ‘London’ (1994), ‘Robinson in Space’ (1997), and most recently ‘Robinson in Ruin’ (2010). He was a Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art, London (2002–11), and has taught in schools of art and architecture since 1974.

BOOK TALK
‘The Establishment and how they get away with it’
with Owen Jones
Thursday 25th September, 7pm

RSVP ESSENTIAL: Please email nik@housmans.com to book your place
THIS EVENT IS NOW AT FULL CAPACITY -

UNFORTUNATELY IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD AN ACCEPTED RSVP EMAIL YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET IN.

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Owen Jones will be discussing his new book ‘The Establishment’ (Allen Lane, 2014), which examines the unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City.

Exposing the revolving doors that link these worlds, and the vested interests that bind them together, Jones shows how, in claiming to work on our behalf, the people at the top are doing precisely the opposite. In fact, they represent the biggest threat to our democracy today - and it is time they were challenged.

Owen Jones is a columnist for the Guardian and author of the international bestseller ‘Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class’, which was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and chosen as one of The New York Times top 10 non-fiction books of 2011. In 2013 he received the Young Writer of the Year prize at the Political Book Award.

‘Music & Politics’ with John Hutnyk + guests tbc
Wednesday 8th October, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


John Hutnyk will be discussing his most recent book, ‘Pantomime Terror: Music and Politics’ (Zero Books 2014), which explores the music of artists who have confronted the status-quo in a post 9/11 world, and the demonization such artists have had to contend with as a result.

Hutnyk considers the likes of Fun-da-Mental's Aki Nawaz, portrayed as a 'suicide rapper', Asian Dub Foundation striking poses from the street in support of youth in Paris and Algiers, and M.I.A., outspoken defender of the Tamil struggle, as well as  reflecting on bus bombs, comedy circuits, critical theory, Arabian Nights, Bradley Wiggins, Dinarzade, Karl Marx, Paris boulevards, Molotov, Mao, the Eiffel Tower, reserve armies, lists, Richard Wagner, Samina Malik, Slavoj Žižek, Freudian slips, red-heads, and Guantanamo.

John will be joined by guest authors and musicians, the exact line-up still to be confirmed.

"If you’re of the opinion that music and politics should generally keep the fuck out of each other’s way, then Pantomime Terror will be a tough sell. But author John Hutnyk’s polemic is rational, convincing and supported by relentless, tirelessly researched cross-referencing, so consider us sold." ~ Record Collector UK

"This book starts with the countless provocations that surround us in the ambient war on terror. However, rather than retreating into either loathsome self-pity or indignant self-righteousness, Hutnyk responds with the thumping provocation to think and get real!" ~ Nikos Papastergiadis, University of Melbourne


PART OF ISLINGTON BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Defend the Right to Protest present
‘The Killing of Blair Peach, Anti-Racist Protest and Police Brutality’
with David Renton and Tony Warner
Wednesday 15th October, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Blair Peach was a 33 year old teacher killed on a demonstration on 23 April 1979 at Southall against the National Front. He is one of just three protesters to have been killed by the police in Britain since 1945. He died from a single blow to his head by a police officer, as Peach was retreating from a protest which had finished.

In 2010, following Ian Tomlinson’s death, the government published the Cass report into Peach’s killing. Cass identified the six police officers who were present when the fatal blow was struck, and recommended that three of them should be prosecuted for obstructing his enquiry. The Cass report was never disclosed to the Inquest into Peach’s death, and its central reports were kept hidden for 30 years from the jury, from the press, and from Blair Peach’s family.

David Renton will be discussing his new pamphlet ‘Who Killed Blair Peach’ (published by Defend the Right to Protest, 2014) which sets out why exactly Cass reached his conclusions, how his reasoning casts a light on the identity of Peach’s killer, and calls for a fresh inquest into Blair Peach’s killing.


David will be joined by founder of ‘Black History Walks’ Tony Warner who will consider contemporary cases of police racism and brutality. Using archive footage, newspaper reports and personal testimony Tony will cover cases of black deaths in custody from 1960s to the present day, with relation to geography, community resistance, international history and white media representation of the 'black body'.


About the speakers
David Renton a barrister and a member of the committees of Defend the Right to Protest and the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers.
Tony Warner is a historian and founder of ‘Black History Walks’.

PRE-ANARCHSIT BOOKFAIR EVENT
PM Press present:
‘Working Class Culture’
with John Barker, Robb Johnson and Leon Rosselson
Friday 17th October, 7pm
RSVP ESSENTIAL: Please email nik@housmans.com to book your place

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Political singer-songwriters Robb Johnson and Leon Rosselson are joined by author and activist John Barker to perform their work, and discuss the politics of working class culture.
 

John Barker is perhaps best known for being one of four Angry Brigade members sentenced to 10 years in prison for a series of insurrectionary bombings in 1972. He worked as a dustman and welder before being implicated in a conspiracy to import cannabis in 1986. In 1990 he was finally arrested and served a five-year sentence.

John has gone on to write ‘Bending the Bars: Prison Stories of an Angry Brigade Member’ (ChristieBooks, 2007) and this year PM Press have published ‘Futures’, from which John will be  reading on the night. Originally  written more than 20 years ago it tells the story of Carol, a young single mother and drug dealer, Gordon, a "tasty", self-regarding old-school London gangster, and two coke-snorting financial analysts, Phil and Jack, who entertain a fantasy of a cocaine futures market. Their internal lives are described in a richly original, cliche-free style and the book is remarkably prescient.

Robb Johnson is a musician and songwriter, who has been called "one of the last genuinely political songwriters", and is known for his mix of political satire and wit.

Johnson began his musical career playing in folk clubs in the 1970s and ran a folk club at the University of Sussex, before forming a band called Grubstreet, which split up in 1983. Two years later he made his first solo album - In Amongst the Rain - setting up his own label on which to release it, before forming an agitprop group, The Ministry of Humour, with Mark Shilcock and Graham Barnes. After the break-up of this act and a failed attempt at forming a new electric band, he returned to performing solo and also formed a duo with female singer Pip Collings.

In 1997 he composed the song cycle Gentle Men, based on the experiences of his grandfathers in the First World War. The song cycle was recorded by Johnson in collaboration with Roy Bailey, and performed at the commemorative Passchendaele Peace Concert. In 2006 he was a special guest at the BBC's "Folk Britannia" concert at the Barbican Centre, ending the night with a rendition of World War I song "Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire". He remains active and has released at least one album annually for over 20 years, as well as playing regular gigs, including benefits and political events.

"There is no songwriter to compare with Robb Johnson operating in the UK" – Radio 2
www.robbjohnson.co.uk/

Leon Rosselson: After his early involvement in the folk music revival in Britain, he came to prominence, singing his own satirical songs, in the BBC's topical TV programme of the early 1960s, That Was The Week That Was. He toured Britain and abroad, singing mainly his own songs and accompanying himself with acoustic guitar.

In later years, he has published 17 children's books, the first of which, Rosa's Singing Grandfather, was shortlisted in 1991 for the Carnegie Medal.

His song The World Turned Upside Down has been recorded and popularised by, amongst others, Dick Gaughan and Billy Bragg (who took it into the pop charts in 1985) and has been sung on numerous demonstrations in Britain and the USA.

His Ballad of a Spycatcher, ridiculing the ban on Peter Wright's book, went into the Indie Singles charts in 1987 in a version backed by Billy Bragg and the Oyster Band.
http://www.leonrosselson.co.uk

WAR RESISTERS’ INTERNATIONAL PRESENT
‘Nonviolent Campaigning’ with Jungmin Choi, Andrew Dey, Cattis Laska, Hulya Ucpinar, Christine Schweitzer
Saturday 25th October, 6.30pm
Free Entry


Launch of second edition of WRI's 'Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns' (WRI, 2014, £7)

War Resisters' International launches the second edition of its Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns. The handbook is a selection of methods, tools, and experiences of using nonviolence to create tangible, long-lasting change in situations of violence and oppression. While our movements are diverse, we all share the common goal of challenging violence and oppression in our communities.

Campaigners against extractive industries in South America, community nonviolence trainers in Kenya, and activists blocking nuclear convoy routes in Germany all share as a common theme: they struggle against a form of violence, and to do this they build their movement's power and enter into nonviolent conflict.


Hosted by WRI, the evening will share stories of contributors to the handbook from Turkey, South Korea, Sweden, Germany and the UK


Speakers include:

- Jungmin Choi of World Against War in South Korea, involved in the movement against the construction of a naval base on Jeju Island

- Hulya Ucpinar of the Nonviolence Research Center in Turkey

- Cattis Laska of Ofog a Swedish antimilitarist network in Sweden involved in queer and antimilitarist actions

- Christine Schweitzer: Chair of WRI

- Andrew Dey: Handbook editing coordinator involved in Action AWE, campaign against the renewal of Trident.

 

‘The New Radicals:
the struggle against apartheid in 1970s South Africa’

with Glenn Moss

Monday 27th October, 7pm
Free Entry

Glenn Moss recounts how a new wave of radical ideas helped fuel the anti-apartheid struggle through the hard times of the 1970s.

By the end of the 1960s opposition to apartheid was in disarray. Yet in the space of a few short years, major and radical challenges developed that would set South Africa on a new path.  This lively and original book tells the story of a generation of activists who embraced new forms of opposition politics that would have profound consequences. In the process it rescues the early 1970s from previous neglect and shows just how crucial these years were in the struggle to transform society. It explores the influence of Black Consciousness, the new trade unionism, radicalisation of students on both black and white campuses, the Durban strikes, and Soweto 1976, and concludes that these developments were largely the result of home-grown initiatives, with little influence exercised by the banned and exiled movements for national liberation. 

 “Fascinating and important insight into the emergence of a brave young radicalism of the early 1970s embracing white campuses, black consciousness and trade unionism, which raised questions and challenges not only for the apartheid-capitalist nexus but also for the mainstream liberation movement.  Looking back, there is much need for honest reflection and the author does us a service with his well-worked research and writing. It leaves one with tantalising thoughts as to whether the incipient democratic left challenges from civil society and trade union circles in South Africa today might fundamentally change our political landscape.” - Ronnie Kasrils, chief of intelligence for Umkhonto we Sizwe and government minister from 1994 to 2008 

Glenn Moss was a student leader at Wits University in the 1970s. Detained and charged under security legislation in the mid-1970s, he was acquitted after a year-long trial. He went on to edit Work In Progress and the South African Review, head Ravan Press, and then work as a consultant to South Africa’s first post-apartheid government.

‘The New Radicals: A Generational Memoir of the 1970s’ by Glenn Moss

Jacana Media (2014)
296 pages
£12.95



PART OF ISLINGTON BLACK HISTORY MONTH
‘Who was Henry Muoria?’ with Peter Muoria
Wednesday 29th October, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

A discussion of the life of Henry Muoria, Kenyan political thinker, writer, and activist, who published pamphlets and newspapers that were highly influential in the anti-colonial struggle of Kenya in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and whose radicalism stood in contrast to the relative conservatism of Jomo Kenyatta, who became Kenya's first President.

Henry Muoria spent much of his later life living in Islington, as his life became increasingly under threat in the ferment of the oppressive regime at home. Henry’s son, Peter Muoria, co-author of book ‘Writing for Kenya: the Life and Works of Henry Muoria’, will share his insights into the family and political life and legacy of his courageous father.  



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